Residents are encouraged to keep dancing at Tea Party
Residents from 8 Four Seasons care homes in Northumberland revived the traditional tea dance when they got together for a social afternoon on Wednesday 21st December 2016 at the New Delaval & Newsham Working Men’s Club. They were joined by friends, relatives and staff, and members of the local community.
As well as taking to the dance floor, guests were invited to take part in a sing-along session and bingo. There was a range of refreshments served and a chance to take part in a raffle.
Rob Heane, Regional Manager for Four Seasons in Northumberland, said, “The social afternoon is a great way for residents to get out enjoying themselves, to meet people from other Four Seasons care homes and engage with members of the wider local community. This event is a regular occurrence, and it’s great to see it go from strength to strength each time we run it. Here’s to the next one.”
The afternoon and early evening dances, with a civilised break for tea and refreshments, are coming back into vogue. Before the 1950s, tea dances were a popular way to socialise; however, they declined in the 60s as the club and disco scene emerged. They are now beginning to make a return to popularity, possibly linked to the success of ‘Strictly Come Dancing’.
26 Mar 2017
Residents at Windsor House Care Home in Cannock have been enjoying a good old walk down memory lane over a pint and a pie in the pub – in the safe confines of the care home.
Sounds odd….well read on.
The home have constructed a reminiscence pod in the shape of a pub, to give residents a change of scenary.
Kerry Craddock, Home Manager, said: “The reminiscence pod has provided a great talking point in the home, and hours of fund with pub games and a place to sit with a lovely drink with music playing in the background. It was the perfect addition for our St Patrick Day celebrations as everyone enjoyed ‘pulling pints’ behind the bar.”
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26 Mar 2017
Mrs Brown, Irish Dancers, Leprechauns and Guinness all helped the residents, relatives and care team at Cumbrae Lodge Care Home in Irvine celebrate St Patrick’s Day.
Michelle Cushnaghan, Home Manager, explained: “Everyone had a fantastic time celebrating St Patrick’s Day in true Irish style. There was lots of fun with karaoke and dressing up, plus entertainment from dancers and Mrs Brown herself. I’ve never heard so much laughter coming from Cumbrae Lodge before, it was a fantastic atmosphere. Happy St Patrick’s Day from everyone here at the home.”
26 Mar 2017
Living in a care home doesn’t mean you have to see the same four walls every day.
Residents at Southfield Court Care Home in Huddersfield made the most of the lovely spring weather as they enjoyed a trip out to a nearby town.
Clare McCourt, Home Manager, said: “For some of our residents the Church has always played an important part in their lives. So they visited All Hallows Church, where they had a look around at the stunning architecture before enjoying a little quiet reflection time. They also paid their respects at the nearby war memorial.
“Another one of our residents enjoyed a trip out to the café in Almondbury for a coffee and a cake. He thoroughly enjoyed himself and liked the change of scenery. Life doesn’t stop just because you live in a care home.”
25 Mar 2017
Taking the time to reminisce on our younger years is a lovely activity for people of all ages. However, as we get older the memories can become even fonder.
Residents at Botham Hall Care Home in Huddersfield have been doing just that as well as taking part in activities they enjoy to keep their minds active and hearts young.
Christina Halonka, Home Manager, said: “It’s really nice seeing the residents doing things they enjoy. They’re all individuals so to see them engaging in something that lights a fire in their eyes is as a care professional a wonderful sight.”
Each individual in a care home differs from the next. For example, resident Roger who used to work as an engineer enjoys reading books about cars whilst reminiscing about his own motors. Whereas two other residents at the home really enjoy getting crafty and taking part in art club.
“Variety is the spice of life,” explains Christina. “We’d all be boring if we were the same.”